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Planting the seed

Okukuza Amagezi has been getting busy over the last few weeks with the projects moving along well. In this update, I’m going to write a few notes about the fruit and veg initiative that’s been bubbling away recently. Our brilliant team of volunteers have been working their socks off and have managed to interview around […]

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Connecting the coffee

Dotted amongst the green fertile hills of Southern Bwindi grows a little plant that we think may be bubbling with big potential. Coffee. Once upon a time back in the 1960’s the Ugandan government together with an international organisation handed out coffee seedlings to some of the local people here – it grew well in […]

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Conserving beautiful green Uganda

Big shout out to Big Beyond conservation volunteers for the great strides made in Uganda recently – we’re really excited about how the projects are evolving. Nice work. It makes us happy involving volunteers with such initiative and passion. Here’s a little update on the consevation projects over there. 

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Inspiring Women

Yes indeed, more weeks have dashed past us here in the UK and as ever such an enormous amount has happened at the Big Beyond sites out in Africa, it’s hard to sum it all up to be honest and never fails to amaze. So noted, expect more regular snippets from now on!! For now […]

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Under the Malawian mango tree

Spent the last couple of weeks under many different mango trees, having many many many community meetings. Ouch, we’re pretty exhausted over here right now, but it’s all good! Big Beyond Malawi has definitely taken a great leap forward and we’re really excited having formed new partnerships with two lovely yet genuinely underprivileged communities on […]

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Building the Big Beyond bigger picture in Uganda

Ok, so our goal at every Big Beyond site is to integrate the conservation of a threatened national park with the sustainable development of its adjacent communities. Within that, there are a number of projects across education (kids and adults), the natural environment, enterprise, health and culture.

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Experience strengthens local Business Clinic in Uganda

“We don’t really know how to sum it all up but it was an amazing experience and one that we can’t really articulate to others apart from saying – ‘go try it and see for yourself because then you’ll understand’. Our only hope is that the people we came into contact with gained at least […]

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Helping remote communities stand on their own two feet

“I hope that they will realise the importance of planning and learning that no matter how much money you have, that you can always save a little and plan for the future, and look at your past and know that it doesn’t always dictate your future” (Christina, Big Beyond volunteer Uganda April-May 2012)

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Journey back to Addis: poles apart from the word ‘nice’

I wandered to the bus station at 4.30am in the dark and found my bus. It’s amazing how busy it can be at that time! Every bus leaves at the same time which is hugely sensible as there’s only one small exit gate to leave the bus depot but hey?!!! Queues.

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Jumping off the corporate treadmill for a bit

“If other people got out of it as much as I got out of it, then I’m a happy person… and if there’s a better person inside you, it will certainly bring it out” (Sven, Big Beyond volunteer: March – April 2012)

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A little knowledge goes a long way

“This is a community wanting to improve their lives and very willing and eager for our help. In a short time one volunteer can obviously do a limited amount but if you keep building on the previous work then hopefully much can be accomplished. Their needs are great and even small steps can make a […]

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Absorbed in an ancient Ethiopian tribe

Full of amazing experiences and positive Big Beyond Ethiopia developments during the recent venture back to the South Omo with the Hamer tribe. Blew me away just as much as the last time. It’s all progressing well and we’re so eager to get started! Just continuing to climb a few hills of bureaucracy first – […]

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